50-Mile Kennedy Walk

Join us again for our 2nd annual walk along the C&O Canal Towpath. The trail that originated as many as 50 other annual Kennedy Walks (Marches) around the world.

You are welcome to walk with a group of long distance walkers in Maryland as we recreate an historic walk on Saturday, February 8, 2014 - exactly the same route Robert F. Kennedy walked his famous 50 miles. 


On February 9, 1963, Bobby, the Attorney General, walked from Great Falls, Maryland to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The journey was in response to a challenge by his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who wanted to test the fitness of his military troops as well as remind the public to stay active and physically fit as a national goal. Themes that remain very relevant and important, even today.

RFK's walking accomplishment and a thirst for physical challenge led to a popular, short-lived U.S. fad of walking extreme distances of up to 50 miles by thousands of ordinary individuals. The 50-mile Kennedy Walk will take place on the same C&O Canal Towpath and start at Great Falls Visitor's Center. It is entirely flat and nearly all takes place on the towpath trail. However, the trail can be dangerous for walking in the winter months due to ice and mud.

NOTE: This is a unique event that is planned so that anyone can freely join. Each participant must consider this as an independent walk, with "limited" support. If you decide to walk with us, please be prepared for all contingencies and try to partner with one or more people for support.
The website http://50milekennedywalk.drupalgardens.com provides useful information to help you plan ahead.

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  • Tina

    Hi. Sorry for the confusion. I would have loved to do the 50 mile walk. I originally thought it was a canal in New Jersey. I will definitely do the next walk closer to Jersey!

    February 7, 2014

    • Mike D.

      No problem Tina. We'll look for you in Trenton then! Mike D.

      February 7, 2014

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